B&O Un­veils Flag­ship Head­phones And Ex­pands E8 Port­fo­lio

SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // B&O - Writ­ten by ATHINA MAL­LIS

Bang & Olufsen have re­leased two flag­ship head­phones dur­ing CES for its B&O Play range, the Beo­plahy H9i and H8i, which the com­pany says bring for­ward a thought­ful in­fu­sion of new fea­tures, stream­lined aes­thet­ics and its sig­na­ture sound.

The Beo­play H9i is an over-ear head­phone made from a light­weight alu­minium frame cov­ered with stitched cowhide leather, an­odised alu­minium ear cups and adaptive mem­ory foam. The ac­tive noise can­cel­la­tion (ANC) has been up­graded to per­form be­tween 300-800Hz.

There is a new bass port for more pow­er­ful bass than in pre­vi­ous mod­els. It also has a trans­parency mode where users can turn off the music and ANC at the same time to lis­ten to sur­round­ings. It also has a prox­im­ity sen­sor where it pauses au­dio when users re­move the head­phones and when they are put on, the au­dio re­sumes. Users are able to con­nect the head­phones to two de­vices at the same time. The head­phones have an 18 hour bat­tery life and an ex­tra mi­cro­phone to im­prove voice qual­ity.

They will be avail­able now re­tailed at US$499.

B&O have built the H8i head­phones giv­ing them a con­tem­po­rary ap­pear­ance and have in­creased play time by what the com­pany says is 100 per cent and has added smart fea­tures to the lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The head­phones come with but­ton con­trols rather than smart con­trols on the Beo­play H9i. The play­time has in­creased to 30 hours with Blue­tooth and ANC on, it also comes with trans­parency mode, a prox­im­ity sen­sor and dual de­vice con­nec­tiv­ity. It will be avail­able next month, priced at US$399.

With both head­phones, users can con­trol them through the Beo­play app.

B&O has ex­panded its Beo­play E8 port­fo­lio with a spe­cial edi­tion Beo­play E8 all white and all black col­lec­tion. B&O says it was in­spired by the monochro­matic aes­thet­ics of an all­white and all-black de­sign.

The Beo­play E8 is both water and dust re­sis­tant fea­tur­ing trans­parency mode, users are able to con­trol the ear­phones through the touch in­ter­face on the de­vice. It de­liv­ers four hours of play­back on one charge and two ad­di­tional charg­ers from the leather charg­ing case.

They are avail­able now, priced at $449.

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